Detox Insights from an Addiction Doctor
If you know someone who is recovering from alcohol abuse and is being treated for addiction, you may have certain questions. There’s a difference between being treated for alcohol withdrawal and alcohol addiction. The video is about an addiction doctor answering certain questions regarding detox and recovery.
How do you detox from alcohol? Surprisingly, withdrawal from alcohol can be fatal. For a heavy drinker, stopping alcohol can lead to seizures and delirium tremens, and without medical assistance, these can lead to death.
It takes three to ten days to get through this acute alcohol withdrawal stage. After 10 days, the next stage is protracted abstinence syndrome, where withdrawal symptoms can last for many months.
How do you treat withdrawal from alcohol? Irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression are hints of withdrawal. Some people may need meds to prevent seizures and tremors.
How is alcoholism treated? This is a bio-psychosocial illness, treated by medication, psychotherapy, and talking to other sober folks who are in the same boat.
If you know somebody deteriorating from alcohol use, it’s imperative to speak to an addiction doctor, obtain more information, and assist them in getting treatment for addiction. This is the first step to a better life for them.